Continental Congress. Amendment to
Supplement to Land Ordinance1
[New York, May 28, 1788]
That the persons intitled to lands by virtue of such warrants2 shall be at liberty to locate them on any part of the two tracts or districts of land reserved and set apart for the purpose of satisfying the military bounties due to the late army provided that each location be made either in contact with some point or part of the external boundary of the said tracts respectively or of some prior location therein. Locations to be made by causing a survey of the tracts located—3
AD, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
1. According to the editor of the Journals of the Continental Congress, this report was “in the writing of Abraham Baldwin (?),” delegate from Georgia (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXXIV, 185, note 2). It is in the writing of H.
Although H presented his credentials as a New York delegate to the Continental Congress on February 25, 1788, he did not attend until the date of this report.
2. On March 19, 1788, a committee of the Congress had reported an amendment to the Land Ordinance of May 20, 1785. It concerned the location of the land bounties granted by Congress to the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army. The amendment offered on May 28 was an addition to that paragraph of the March 19 amendment which reads, in part, as follows:
“That the Secretary of War issue Warrants for bounties of Land to each of the Officers and Soldiers of the late continental Army who may be entitled to such bounties … [with] Compensation for their expences in locating the same.” (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXXIV, 97.)
3. According to the endorsement, this amendment was agreed to on May 28 and 29, 1788.